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Patients without a formal referral to a medical specialist

Patients without a formal referral to a medical specialist

General practitioners in South-Holland are going to a trial in which patients without a formal referral is reviewed by a medical specialist.

Thus the number of unnecessary hospital visits can be reduced, made it to the Albert Schweitzer hospital Friday known.

The test with the name ‘the family Doctor+clinic’ is an initiative of the huisartsenzorggroep ZGWA, and the Dordtse hospital and takes a half-year. In total there are 22 general practitioners in the region Drechtsteden/Alblasserwaard.

“It comes to situations out of the gp practice in which a real referral to the hospital (yet) not addressed, but where the patient and the doctor still benefit from an extra pair of expert eyes,” according to the Albert Schweitzer hospital.

Now it often happens that a doctor refers ‘to reassure’ or ‘for security’. Hospital care is, however, more expensive than general practitioner care and costs to the patient furthermore your own risk.

Advise

In the new set-up, advises the specialist to the general practitioner about the need for an actual reference. They also advise the specialist about any further treatment by the gp itself.

As expected, the total healthcare costs down by reducing the number of hospital visits decreases. But also the income of the hospital therefore it will decrease. That’s according to a spokesperson, because “there is a special reduced rate” is agreed with the health insurance fund when the specialist is enabled.

The participating medical specialists are dermatologists, rheumatologists, internists, orthopedists, and gynecologists.

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